Last week we had supper with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Neil Young. We decided to try Johnny G’s Restaurant which is just across the street from our condo building. We can see the outdoor eating area on the balcony at the rear of the restaurant from our living room window. Someone told me the food was good and reasonably priced but I was a little apprehensive because on a number of different websites diners had given the food and service less than enthusiastic reviews. The restaurant’s main attraction seemed to be that it was open all night. My husband Dave who is a big fan of sixties and seventies music was happy to pose in front of the large mural just above our table that featured some pretty great musicians.
I couldn’t fit Elvis Presley into the shot with Dave but maybe that was okay since his popularity pre-dates that of the other singers in the mural. The restaurant was a little dark but the waitress nice and friendly and we got good service since there was only one other person in the restaurant.
We thought the food was fine. I had chicken souvlaki and Dave had ribs. I could only eat half my meat because the portion was so generous. There were lots of hot fresh vegetables and the baked potato was good. We had a Greek salad that was pretty pedestrian. Our meals were both part of a daily special that included a brownie with ice cream and caramel sauce. As you can see Dave enjoyed his. Our meals were just $14 each and included everything. We may not be gourmet experts but we figured we’d had a decent supper at a fair price.
There are two Johnny G’s in Winnipeg, one on McDermot Street and the other on Main Street. What next? I did some research but couldn’t find out who Johnny G’s is named after, who painted the mural or anything about the history of the restaurant. I may need to make a return visit if I want to learn more about this neighbourhood eatery.